• Book Review: The Mermaids Melt at Dawn by Grendolyn Peach Soleil - fantasy, folk tales, mythology, and mermaids

    Book Review: The Mermaids Melt at Dawn by Grendolyn Peach Soleil

    Title: The Mermaids Melt at Dawn Author: Grendolyn Peach Soleil Publisher: Self-published Publication date: July 19, 2020 Genre: Fairy Tales, Folklore, Mythology, Fantasy One Sentence Summary: Deep in the bayou, Rok is a rowdy Cajun boy who was raised on the stories of the mermaids of Barbiche Island, who hold their own terrible stories. While dragons will always be my favorite mythological creature, mermaids come in at a very close second. From beautiful and sweet to ugly and terrible, the stories about them kind of run the gamut. As soon as I saw the title of this one, I couldn’t resist. Add in mythology and folklore and Poseidon and I was hooked. I was actually…

  • Book Excerpt: They Lived They Were at Brighton Beach by Ivan Brave - an excerpt of Ivan Brave's novel

    Novel Excerpt: They Lived They Were at Brighton Beach by Ivan Brave

    The Lily Cafe is thrilled to present author Ivan Brave and his novel They Lived They Were at Brighton Beach, released today! Title: They Lived They Were at Brighton Beach Author: Ivan Brave Publisher: Self-published Publication date: June 16, 2020 Genre: Literary Fiction, Coming of Age Amid loss, hope, and despair, They Lived They Were . . . is a story about the power to move on. It begins with a show at Brighton Beach, New York, where Ilya Gagarin performs a set of original dance music to a crowd of loyal fans. They know him as a rising internet star, only 22 years old, and the resident DJ at one of Brooklyn’s…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 25

    Recap: Corey’s parents had an argument about her and were found dead the next morning. Corey then meets Detective Skylar Adams. She is later adopted by Helen and Andy. Two years later, Corey is in school and meets a friend, Terese, and the class bully, Sandra. One day, two students are found dead and Corey meets Detective Adams again. Corey starts 2nd grade, which brings her face to face with a terrifying new teacher. As you can expect, her teacher does not last long. And then neither do her adopted parents, but things look up as Corey may have found a forever family. Corey moves in with Detective Adams and his…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 23

    Recap: Corey’s parents had an argument about her and were found dead the next morning. Corey then meets Detective Skylar Adams. She is later adopted by Helen and Andy. Two years later, Corey is in school and meets a friend, Terese, and the class bully, Sandra. One day, two students are found dead and Corey meets Detective Adams again. Corey starts 2nd grade, which brings her face to face with a terrifying new teacher. As you can expect, her teacher does not last long. And then neither do her adopted parents, but things look up as Corey may have found a forever family. Corey moves in with Detective Adams and his…

  • Book Review: Nectar and Ambrosia by E. M. Hamill

    Title: Nectar and Ambrosia Author: E. M. Hamill Publisher: E. M. Hamill Publication date: June 14, 2018 Genre: Fantasy Summary: Callie is on the run, fleeing a terrifying creature and following visions that end up guiding her to an exclusive bar and hotel called Nectar and Ambrosia. Managed by Florian, a man with a mysterious past who gets her heart thumping, it caters to former gods and other mythical beings. Since Callie was able to see the sign seeking help and find the door, Florian hires her on the spot to be the new waitress. She thinks she’s taking a simple job, not too unlike the bars she’d worked in…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 21

    Recap: Corey’s parents had an argument about her and were found dead the next morning. Corey then meets Detective Skylar Adams. She is later adopted by Helen and Andy. Two years later, Corey is in school and meets a friend, Terese, and the class bully, Sandra. One day, two students are found dead and Corey meets Detective Adams again. Corey starts 2nd grade, which brings her face to face with a terrifying new teacher. As you can expect, her teacher does not last long. And then neither do her adopted parents, but things look up as Corey may have found a forever family. Corey moves in with Detective Adams and his…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 13

    Recap: Corey’s parents had an argument about her and were found dead the next morning. Corey then meets Detective Skylar Adams. She is later adopted by Helen and Andy. Two years later, Corey is in school and meets a friend, Terese, and the class bully, Sandra. One day, two students are found dead and Corey meets Detective Adams again. Corey starts 2nd grade, which brings her face to face with a terrifying new teacher. As you can expect, her teacher does not last long. And then neither do her adopted parents, but things look up as Corey may have found a forever family. Corey moves in with Detective Adams and his…

  • Book Review: Atlas by Becca C. Smith

    Atlas by Becca C. Smith

    Title: Atlas Author: Becca C. Smith Publisher: Red Frog Publishing Publication date: November 11, 2013 Genre: Fantasy Summary: Book 1 of The Atlas Series, Atlas hits the ground running. In no time at all, we are introduced to Kala Hicks, an intriguing and mysterious stranger, and a President gone crazy. What starts as a seemingly routine mission for this Navy SEAL and her team ends up completely changing her life and the destinies of herself and her lover Jack. One fateful move lands her between good and evil, Greek gods and demons, all while tasked with committing an atrocious act just to save the world for another 4 days. But…

  • Gates to Asphodel, Chapter 3

    Recap: Corey’s parents had an argument about her and were found dead the next morning. Corey meets Detective Skylar Adams. “Welcome to your new home,” Andrew Marks said as he swept open the front door of a tidy, white Craftsman house. Corey gave him a timid smile and followed Andrew and his wife Helen through the front door. Her small feet met soft carpeting as soon as she entered and she looked around at soft blue walls. There were vases of pussy willow in the front hall, flanking a long dark brown table filled with pictures and a basket of keys. Three months after her parents’ untimely deaths, Andrew and…

  • Eve by Patti Larsen

    Title: Eve Author: Patti Larsen Publisher: Patti Larsen Books/Purely Paranormal Press Publication date: July 10, 2018 Genre: Fantasy, YA Please note I received a free copy of this book through the Kindle Scout program. Summary: Being the daughter of Life and Death means Eve has no real place. Her sisters give life and her brothers bring death. Eve just gets things mixed up. But as she turns 16, she decides she wants to find her own path, where she truly belongs. But her birthday also brings an unexpected twist in her relationship with her mother, Life, one that will inevitably lead to her true identity and place in the cosmos.…